Monday, December 29, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
How fast does the time go? It seems like a couple of seconds ago when the year 2014 rolled in.
As always, we would like to thank all of our visitors, subscribers and supporters who have made this year a memorable one. We especially want to thank the authors who have given us the opportunity to host their books during their Virtual Book Tours and to all the guest bloggers who have submitted memorable and informative articles.
We are looking forward to bringing you more exciting news, articles and featured authors for your pleasure.
We are taking a well-deserved break and will return on
January 5, 2015.
In closing, we want to wish everyone a healthy and safe holiday and a prosperous New Year.
Monday, December 15, 2014
It is a nice gesture to say thank you when a person gives you a gift. Furthermore, it is a sign of your appreciation and respect if you take the time out of your demanding and fast pace schedule to write a personal note or send a card of gratitude. Writing a thank you note does not have to be the great American novel. A simple Thank You for the Gift will suffice. Of course, to acknowledge the receipt of any gift is a point that should be made early in life. If a child never learned to say thank you for what is given to him or her, then chances are when that child becomes an adult, he or she will never give thanks for anything.
I do not know if this is a growing trend, but for the last forty years, I have attended many weddings and have always presented the bride and groom with a gift, either in person or by mail. However, I can count on one hand or better yet on half a hand, the number of notes of appreciations, which I have received.
In many cases, weddings can be a big production. Couples are under a lot of stress during this period. A great deal of time, energy and money go into planning that perfect and unforgettable event. Nowadays, the average wedding can cost up to $50,000.00. A bride would never forget to purchase her wedding gown, nor would the groom neglect to buy or rent his tuxedo. A couple will plop down a certain amount of money for their rings, food, drinks, flowers, music, video and photography and on many other products and services. Yet, many couples, for one reason or another, never remember to take time out to send a simple thank you message. After all, the giver has taken the time out of his or her hectic timetable to purchase a present for the bride and groom.
You may ask who is responsible for sending out the thank you notes. In my book, it is both the husband and wife’s responsibility. A person can never be too engaged to be grateful. One of the couple’s main priorities should be to acknowledge the giver of a gift. It is imperative to be courteous and appreciative.
So the next time someone gives you a gift, whether it is for a wedding, birthday or any occasion, have the decorum to send a thank you communiqué, because it lets the person know that you have placed great importance on the giver and the gift.
Monday, December 08, 2014
With the holidays upon us, we thought we would list some great novels, memoirs, and short stories representing a myriad of authors and genres. And if you are looking for some last-minute gift ideas, you may want to consider giving one or more of these memorable reads to the special people in your life. To purchase any of these books on Amazon, just click on the title. Enjoy and happy reading.
My Heart in Seoul and its sequel, Meet Me Under The Lavender Sky by Sydney Arrison - Touching romance stories.
The Racketeer by John Grisham - A page-turning plot with a blend of murder, suspense, and righteousness.
Hold Me in Contempt by Wendy Williams - An engaging and compelling interracial romance novel.
Cross My Heart by James Patterson (The Alex Cross Series) - A page-turning psychological thriller.
Little Green by Walter Mosley (The Easy Rollins Collection) - Urban fiction at its best.
12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup - A must read memoir.
In Strict Confidence by Dwayne Joseph - A cat and mouse crime novel.
Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith - An intriguing suspense tale.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin - A realistic crime story.
A Daughter’s Rage by Ronald Gordon - A spellbinding paranormal tale.
Dead on Arrival by Dorothy Simpson - A whodunit murder mystery.
66 Million $ Fiction by Brenny Foster - A well written short story with a powerful message.
Hunting Badger by Tony Hillerman - A murder mystery bringing together two Navajo detectives.
NeuroLoveology: The Power To Mindful Love & Sex by Dr. Ava Cadell - A great reference to Understanding Love, Sex and Intimacy.
The Screen Conspiracy by Maxwell Black - A crime story linking politics, law enforcement and the tech world.
The Black Count by Tom Reiss - A well written biography on Thomas-Alex Dumas, who The Count of Monte Cristo written by his son, Alexandre Dumas, is based on.
Deception in Plain Sight by Vivienne Diane Neal - A crime story with a twist.
Monday, December 01, 2014
With the holidays here, many of us will be purchasing gifts for our family, friends and business associates and using debit or credit cards to make these purchases. Most of us will be shopping either online or at brick and mortar establishments. However, with debit and credit card use, comes credit card fraud and identity theft? Because consumers are so preoccupied during this time of the year, individuals may tend to let their guard down when it comes to using their credit card or debit card. Following are some simple tips to safeguard you from credit card fraud and identity theft.
Never give your credit card number to anyone who calls you without verifying his or her identity.
Always keep your
Identification Number) private. Never give it out, and never keep it on you.
Some establishments have been caught adding digits to credit card slips after consumers sign them. For example, you think you are paying $25.00 for an item, but when you look at your credit card receipt, you will see $125.00.
After a purchase, make certain the card you get back is yours.
You should report cards, which have been lost or stolen immediately. Credit card companies can freeze your account and issue you a new card without delay.
Review your monthly statements promptly and carefully for unauthorized purchases.
Merchants, who accept payment by credit card, must also disclose any limitations on the use of that card. Disclosure must be conspicuous at the entrance to the store and in any ads, which indicate the credit card acceptance.
law prohibits surcharges on credit card purchases. New York State
Retailers who accept payment by credit card cannot set a minimum purchase amount for credit card use.
If you use a debit card to withdraw money from an ATM machine, make certain you take your receipt with you and review it for accuracy. Never leave or discard the receipt in a public receptacle.
Avoid using ATM machines that are located on public streets or in remote areas. Try to use an ATM machine in a bank lobby during banking hours.
If you are shopping online:
Never purchase items on sites that do not have the secure icon, usually located at the bottom window at the right side. The address bar that carries the https is securer than the http prefix.
Try to shop at reputable e-commerce sites. A good clue is to look at the copyright year; if it says © 1999 and the current year is 2014, select another site or check out the company with the Butter Business Bureau. You can also send an email question to the company. If they do not respond within 48 hours, select another site.
Never give your social security number to any site.
If you suspect fraud, contact the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint, and order a copy of your credit report from each of the three national credit agencies and once a year from annualcreditreport.com
Happy Smart Holiday Shopping!
Monday, November 24, 2014
Title: Kiss My Lips
Author: +Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku
Holiday Series, #2
ISBN: 978-1502776549 (Paperback)
Wednesday 29th October 2014
Cover Artist: Love Bites And Silk
Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series Book 2) is a sequel to
Stolen Valentine Kiss (
Holiday Series Book 1).
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Will one kiss seal their love? Accepting
’s marriage proposal was the most exciting event of Lorna’s life. But deciding in what country to marry her fiancé proved to be more than a tearful ordeal. When Lorna’s dad announced unexpected news, the wedding wheels spun in a different direction. With other family members stirring conflict, would there be a wedding? Or would their shared kiss deepen their desire? Logan
The doorbell sounded.
Lorna lifted her teary face out of her aunt's arms. "Who else are you expecting this morning? You’ve got more surprises in store for me, Auntie?"
Instead of answering the question, her aunt glanced at her brother.
"Please get the door, Kanu. I'll quickly get changed. Make my guest welcome, will you?"
Lorna looked from the woman rushing off to her father, who was striding towards the front door. She plucked out a handful of tissue from her bag, wiped off streaks of wet mascara and sat on the black leather bar stool by the kitchen island. She poured herself a glass of mango juice and was sipping the drink when her father came back with
in tow. Logan
The glass slipped out of her right fingers but she rescued it with her left hand. Her stomach muscles contracted. Her feet rushed ahead and she threw herself into
's outstretched arms. Logan
He scented of warm balsam. She inhaled as her head rested on the hard plane of his chest wall. Pure joy leaked out of her heart, flooding her entire body. The arms holding her were all taut muscle and strength. She wrapped her arms round his black silk shirt and burst into tears.
"Maybe I should leave you two," her father excused, walking in the direction of the second guest bedroom through the hallway.
Through her tears, she saw a tiny trickle of moisture drop down one lane on his cheek. "Are you crying,
?" she asked, not quite sure
he understood her pain. She wiped one finger over the wetness and then, she saw
another small tear, drop out of his right eye. Logan
With her face only inches from his, Lorna kissed his half-parted lips. The kiss was raw and hungry as her tongue dived into his mouth, demanding and taking. Her nipples stiffened in her body-hugging top and she pressed her breasts into his torso.
"Your dad and aunt are here, sweetheart. Do you want me to show them how much you mean to me?"
's sensible words brought her
back to her aunt's living room. She leaned her head on his forehead. Logan
"When I saw the tear drop from your eye, fireworks exploded in my chest. You cried with me, Logan," she said in awe.
Stella’s a fun loving mother of two, married to her very own gorgeous alpha male who satisfies her romantic appetite.
Writing romance novels is now her full time passion. In 2010, Stella created Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels laced with the right cocktail of blazing passion, intrigue & toe-curling romance set in fascinating
Africa, enticing Europe and . There are seven contemporary romance novels in the basket; Loitering Shadows, Stormy Defense, Beyond the Lady, The Gardener’s Ice Maiden, Sparkling Dawn, Husband to Rent, Stolen Valentine Kiss (Holiday Series #1). America
My first historical romance is on my writing desk at the moment. In my leisure, I go swimming, reads romance novels, go to the Cinema and watch TV.
Flirty & Feisty Romance wishes you an amazing holiday season.
Our promise...is to deliver an intensely emotional experience you'll never forget.
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Monday, November 17, 2014
As humans, we cannot survive without stress, no more than we can survive without each other. Stress is necessary because it helps us to cope with every day life's situations. However, when it comes to dating, the tension can become more overwhelming, especially during the holidays.
When you meet someone for the first time, you may be under extreme pressure to be on your best behavior because you want to make a good impression, especially if you are interested in pursuing a romantic relationship. But first you must get to know that individual, date him or her for a period of time and then try to create and maintain a healthy and fun experience, which can add more strain to an already demanding courtship.
Stress is the pressures, strains or changes placed on the body, which can affect your physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, too much stress can seriously affect your psychological and spiritual well-being if you do not know how to handle or cope with these types of demands. When you are under too much stress, it is important to recognize it and do something about it. Unmanageable tension can lead to illnesses and chronic diseases. Nevertheless, you can improve your resistance to too much worry by learning how to manage and control your life during the dating phase.
It is important to remember there are some occurrences in life that are just out of your control. There are many experiences in life you can learn to handle by identifying the stressors: actions that make you feel anxious and concerned. Here are some recommended ways to deal with stress, which will enable you and your mate to have an extraordinary love life.
Eat a well-balanced meal. When you are under additional stress, make certain you eat more foods high in the B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Magnesium and Zinc. These foods would include whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, nuts, legumes and lean meats, respectively.
When you and your mate are angry, nervous or upset with each other, try physical activities such as walking, jogging, exercising, bike riding, skating or dancing.
Share your anxieties with each other and with friends, relatives or other couples by talking about your concerns or worries.
Know your limitations. Enlist the assistance of others if you find your relationship to difficult to handle.
Have some fun. All work and no play will put your relationship on edge.
Plan a schedule as to when you and your companion will be together just for romance. Not everything can be important at the same time.
Avoid self-medication. Even though you can use drugs to relieve stress temporarily, drugs will never remove the condition that causes the strain in the first place. In fact, some medications may become habit forming, create more problems and destroy a relationship; pills should only be taken on the advice of your physician.
Monday, November 10, 2014
No matter how much money a person makes or has, there never seems to be enough. It is important to remember that the good times do not last forever, and one must always save for a rainy day. Even if you put aside a set amount of money every week, there are no guarantees that you will have enough on hand if some unforeseen setback arises.
People used to say, “Another day another dollar.” Nowadays, that dollar has shrunk to where stretching a buck seems to be a challenging task. Food prices and other necessities seem to be going up, but earnings are not keeping up with inflation. Interest rates on savings are near zilch. Unemployment is still high in certain regions of the country, and many companies are cutting back on employees’ benefits, namely health insurance, paid sick leave, or are contributing less to retirement funds. But you can boost your money. By following these simple tips, you will end up saving and having more money in no time, and when you are ready, start investing in the stock market to receive more of a return on your money. No matter what people say, pennies add up.
Tip No. 1 - Try to live below your means. This may not be easy if you are making large sums of money. The old adage: the more you make, the more you can spend is not being financially sound, especially in today’s economy. You may not need three cars, five pairs of sneakers, twenty pairs of shoes, fifty handbags or a sixty-inch TV in every room. If you have all of these items, you may want to sell some of these things and earn extra cash. Even the rich must cut back at some point.
Tip No. 2 - There is a difference between want, and need. You may want to buy an expensive item, but that extravagant piece is not worth the price if you end up in debt. You do need food, clothing, and shelter. You can cut back on food and still get all your required nutrients, and buy low-priced clothing and still look fashionable. There is no need to spend $200.00 on a blouse. It in all probability, the top cost $2.00 to make, and the person who constructs that shirt may only make one dollar or less a day.
Tip No. 3 - When it comes to your home, you can cut back on your gas and electric bills. Use energy efficient incandescent or florescent light bulbs. Never leave lights on in unoccupied rooms. You can save money if you do your laundry before and after , while there is no heavy demand on the electrical system. You will save money if you wash your laundry in cold or warm water. Using hot water all the time can be costly. An overloaded washer will use more energy; the same is true for an under loaded washer. A front-loading washer uses less energy and water than a top-loading washer does. You will save money if you dry your clothes on a clothesline. To avoid ironing, hang your clothes in the bathroom while you are showering; often, the steam will remove the wrinkles.
Tip No. 4 - Test your refrigerator to make sure you are not losing energy. Place a sheet of paper at the base of the refrigerator and close the door. If the paper slips out, replace the gasket. Vacuum the coils of your refrigerator to remove dust. Too much dust can cause your refrigerator to generate more power and a higher utility bill. Set the refrigerator temperature at 32 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer at zero degrees Fahrenheit, and keep the freezer packed or packed with bags of ice to prevent waste of energy. Never let ice build up in the freezer. It is time to defrost the freezer when the ice is l/4 inch thick.
Tip No. 5 - Use your automatic dishwasher when you have a full load. You can set the water temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit instead of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Setting at 120 degrees Fahrenheit will destroy the bacteria. Instead of using the drying cycle, open the door and air-dry the dishes.
Tip No. 6 - Your oven uses less energy than the top burners. A convection oven uses less energy than a conventional oven. A microwave uses energy economically and cooks food quickly. Copper and aluminum bottom pots and pans are excellent conductors of heat and great energy savers. Cast iron pans hold heat longer and can be removed from the burner during the last ten minutes to allow the heat to finish cooking.
Tip No. 7 - Turn off the air conditioner in an unoccupied room. Set your air condition at 78 degrees to keep the room temperature comfortable. Always clean the filter at least once a month. A fan uses less energy than an air conditioner.
Tip No. 8 - When you buy major appliances, look for the highest energy-efficiency ratio. The higher the number, the less money it will cost to operate that appliance.
Tip No. 9 - Repair leaky faucets. Every drop of water lost means more money out of your pocket.
Tip No. 10 - Having health coverage is fundamental. The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health. To read the full law, click here. To find detailed technical and regulatory information on the the Patient’s Bill of Rights, click here. Health insurance may not seem important when you are a young adult, but as one gets older, the need for health care and coverage becomes even more important, and to find an affordable health care plan can be daunting. There are programs such as Medicaid for the needy, and Medicare for people age 65 and over. When it comes to buying prescription drugs, you can comparison shop. Not all pharmacies are the same when it comes to pricing drugs. Consider generic pills, which cost less than most brand name drugs. By purchasing generic medicines, you can save a lot of money, sometimes up to 75%. Many pharmacies offer discounts to senior citizens, which can add up to real savings. You may save money by using a mail-service or mail order pharmacy, especially if you take one or more drugs regularly. Some pharmaceutical companies have programs that will assist people who may be on low, limited or fixed incomes. For your dental care, consider a dental school where students under strict supervision work on your teeth, and you will save a great deal of money. If you need oral surgery, only a licensed dentist will perform the procedure, but the cost will be less than if you go to a private dentist.
Tip No. 11 - If you are working, try to save up to twelve months in emergency funds. If you can save more, fine. It used to be six months, but it is best to be on the safe side.
Tip No. 12 - Lastly, never bite off more than you can chew. If you want something, and you cannot afford it, wait until you can or do without it.
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Monday, November 03, 2014
Kehinde Wiley Creates Signed, Limited Edition Benefit Print
In an amazing example of international collaboration and dignity through the arts, Ciné Institute is excited to announce Brooklyn based painter Kehinde Wiley has created a signed, special edition print from his new exhibition The World Stage: Haiti benefitting Ciné Institute, Haiti’s only film school. After visiting the college for art and technology in Jacmel earlier last spring, Kehinde Wiley has generously created a limited run of signed, special edition print of The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte (The World Stage: Haiti) with 100% of proceeds going to Ciné Institute to build a brand new computer lab!
To order this exclusive signed, special edition print by Kehinde Wiley benefitting Ciné Institute, click here to download an order form and contact Valerie Boucard.
100% of proceeds go to Ciné Institute to build a brand new computer lab.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Whether they realize it or not, people who cheat on their spouses always give themselves away, and cheaters will avoid telling the person about their marital status because they want to maintain a back street liaison or have their cake and eat it too. In other words, everything is hidden and kept in the dark. Whether you are a man or a woman, you can protect yourself by recognizing these seven warning signs, what they may imply and facing them head on:
Warning Sign Number One - The person who never invites you to their home will probably have the following excuses: She or he is sharing a room with several roommates who keep a clutter and dirty home. The roommates are loud and obnoxious, and you would be uncomfortable around them. The individual would be too embarrassed to invite you to their pad. That person is probably married with children.
Warning Sign Number Two - The person can only see you during the week, usually one day a week, because he or she works long hours on the weekends. When the person gets home, he or she is just too tired to see you or go out with you on a date. The individual is spending the weekends with the spouse and children.
Warning Sign Number Three - He or she will never take you out to a restaurant or accompany you to special events or family gatherings. The excuse will be, the person does not enjoy eating out and would rather have a home cooked meal. He or she will even go so far as to bring the food and cook it in your home. The individual is shy around too many people or does not enjoy being around crowds. The person is afraid someone will recognize him or her and expose their dirty little secret.
Warning Sign Number Four - During the holidays, he or she will suddenly have to leave town on business or will disappear for a while. While you are sitting home alone sipping wine and crying your eyes out, your “lover” is vacationing with the spouse and children and is having a fantastic time.
Warning Sign Number Five - The person will give you a cell phone, mobile or beeper number but will never give you their home phone number.
Warning Sign Number Six - You never meet the person’s parents, relatives or friends. The reason given: He or she is a loner and on bad terms with the kinfolks, or they live in a foreign country or were raised in an orphanage.
Warning Sign Number Seven - The person does not have a home address but a post office box. The reason given: He or she travels maybe ten months out of the year and constantly lives out of their suitcases and spend their time in hotel rooms, so a permanent residence would not make much sense. It would be too costly.
When it comes to the warning signs, I am generalizing here. These signs do not necessarily mean the person you are involved with is being deceitful or dishonest. The focus here is on men and women who have been in long-term relationships and may have had these sentiments. As the saying goes “If it acts or looks too good to be true, the individual is probably living a lie.”
Monday, October 20, 2014
|Joi Miner, Author|
Vices - The debut novel by Alabama Author Joi Miner
Page Count: 320
Genre: Erotic Drama
Publisher: Nayberry Publications
October 31, 2014
September 24, 2014
Everyone wanted a piece of Bonnie, but no one could… until Bonnie was at peace with herself.
Fresh out of an abusive marriage, 25-year-old Bonnie Jones is on a mission to recapture the youth her ex-husband, Keith, stole from her. With her young daughter,
in tow, she has to rebuild her life
from the ground up. She finds solace in her poetry journal, cuddling with Zi,
and the ability to leave her pain on the stage at the weekly open mic poetry
When she has an itch she needs scratched or longs for companionship, she has her choice of partners to help soothe her suffering. Her one condition: they don't spend the night. After Bonnie falls asleep, her demons have their way with her. Eventually, they begin to invade her waking hours and no amount of writing, sex, or time with
can keep her from having to face
Five Things to Know About Author Joi Miner
When did you know that you were destined to be a writer? I have always loved to write, but I think I realized I was meant to do more with my writing when I started to get paid to write poems for my classmates in middle school and high school. It was around that time, too, that my creative writing teacher tried to get me suspended for plagiarism, because she said my writing was too good to have been written by a high school senior. I figured that could have gone one of two ways, I could have taken it as an insult and never written again or I could have, as I did, take it as a compliment and use it as motivation. I dedicated my first poetry collection to her.
Tell us a little about Vices? Vices is an erotic drama. The main character, Bonnie Jones, takes you along on her journey to rediscovering herself after leaving an abusive marriage. You get to see her get into some very interesting fixes, get her heart broken, and find herself massaging away the pain and case of the lonelies by entertaining the company of the opposite sex. Vices is what I like to call “autobiographical fiction.” It’s my life with a little bit extra thrown into it. It’s a very raw story, but I feel like it’s relatable. We all have been where Bonnie is or know someone who has. It’s my first novel and was picked up for publication by Nayberry Publications. It’s set to be released on October 31st of this year, my 33rd birthday. *Gasp I just told you my age*
Now tell us something personal about you. What is your favorite color? Blue. When I was in kindergarten, they told me that pink was for girls and blue was for boys. But, I liked blue. I’ve made it my business since then to wear as much blue as possible.
Do you write full-time or do you have another profession? I wish I was a full-time writer. For the last two years, I have been employed with Sykes powered by Alpine Access as a full-time work at home Customer Care Professional. I am also a full-time English/Creative Writing student at Southern New Hampshire University Online in my Senior Year (Class of 2015. Woohoo!). As if that weren’t enough, I am Owner and Co-Founder of a small for-profit company, Poetic Advisory, LLC.
What was the best advice you have received as a writer? The best writing advice that I have ever received was to never take writing advice. Lol. Everyone is different. No one can tell you how to be your most original self. There are even debates about the basic writing techniques, so you need to find and do what works best for you.
Find Joi Miner on her personal website: www.joiminer.com
And on Social Media:
Facebook Fanpage: www.facebook.com/joiminer2
Personal Facebook page: www.facebook.com/joiminer
Also visit my publisher, Nayberry Publications’ website and Facebook pages: